Regardless matter whether the former President declares his intention to run for President again in 2024, the Justice Department’s investigation into numerous attempts by Donald Trump to sabotage the 2020 election will go on, according to The Hill.
“We’re going to continue to do our job, to follow the facts wherever they go, no matter where they lead, no matter to what level,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday in response to questions after speaking at a cybersecurity conference in New York. “We’re going to continue to investigate what was fundamentally an attack on our democracy.”
In the 60 days prior to an election, the DOJ usually refrains from taking any investigative action that could be used against a candidate. Monaco’s remarks, however, suggest that the Justice Department might deviate from that standard even if it is not an official DOJ policy.
“The mandate the team has remains, which is to follow the facts wherever they go, regardless of what level, regardless of whether the subject of those investigations were present on Jan. 6,” Monaco said.
On other occasions, the Justice Department has broken with tradition, such as when former FBI Director James Comey disclosed a development in the Hillary Clinton case in 2016.
The remarks coincide with reports that the DOJ has been extending the reach of its investigation into Jan. 6 but has not yet specifically looked into Trump as a target.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the head of the House panel looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, revealed last week that he was in preliminary talks with the DOJ about allowing them to review depositions related to Trump’s “alternate elector” scheme, which involved sending erroneous certificates to Washington in an effort to overturn President Biden’s victory in crucial states.
Last week, Trump said he had made a decision about whether to run for office for the third time: “Well, in my own mind, I’ve already made that decision, so nothing factors in anymore. In my own mind, I’ve already made that decision,” he said in an interview in New York magazine.